So is The Matrix Resurrections making you want a Matrix Online resurrection?

    
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Just two years ago, we all learned that the Matrix movie franchise was getting another entry, complete with one of the original directors and several of the original cast, including Keanu Reeves himself. MMO players had but one thought: Somebody bring back The Matrix Online! Oh maybe even make a sequel! (Actually, don’t make a sequel, but if you do, these ideas sound pretty awesome.) Now, of course, all those conversations are popping back up with this week’s release of The Matrix Resurrections trailer.

I never personally played MxO; in 2005 when it launched, I was deep in World of Warcraft and Guild Wars, and whatever charm there was in the IP by then had largely bounced off of me. As MOP’s own Game Archaeologist has covered, missing the hype window for the IP was a problem for the game in general, as were all the bugs, the small playerbase size, and the design that demanded a lot of gamemaster interaction.

SOE ultimately sunsetted the game in 2009, but as we’ve noted, the fandom for the title lives on, and not just in cheeky tweets. In fact, there are a couple groups working on emulation still in 2021. MXOemu just saw its latest update this past July, though apparently it still doesn’t have combat enabled and is mostly meant for exploration right now, while the Hardline Dreams server is still up but a bit more quiet. I poked my head into the MxO community Discord this morning and they’re busy cracking jokes over Morpheus having died in the game and the inevitable mobile tie-in games.

And of course, there’s a petition for bringing back the game.

In case you somehow missed the movie trailer…

Source: Discord
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Jack Pipsam

I’d love if MXO was brought back, but I suspect it would take an awful lot of work, not to mention whatever the licensing deal would be.

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Rolan Storm

I’d rather see a new game based on lore Resurrections brings. But if we can have MxO resurrected too – good.

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Rndomuser

So is The Matrix Resurrections making you want a Matrix Online resurrection?

No, absolutely not. Other game developers can come up with their own IP and universe related to being in VR world without paying any royalty fees to WB and without being possibly restricted by existing lore.

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Ken from Chicago

That’s impossible! 😱🤣

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Eugeniu INFO

I did not enjoy the trailer, mainly because:
1. The music feels out of touch with the setting
2. Morphius – the new actor seemed like a failed clone of Lawrence
3. The special effects shown in the trailer did not look original, compared to the original movie
Overall, I did not get the Matrix vibe that I was expecting. Maybe the movie will prove me wrong, but I would not bet on it.

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Harbinger_Kyleran

Seemed more like a John Wick movie…with more drugs and less killing.

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Does not check email

That IS a reincarnated Morpheus just like the fortune teller was reincarnated between movies. In the matrix the computer programs always come back with variables.

Except the One.

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Vorender

I said this on another forum and I’ll say it here too:

I would love them to make a new Matrix Online. As wonky as the first one was, I still played it for a long time. I always thought it would be cool to level up in the Matrix, then end game would be in the real world. Like Neo, you’d figure out how to use Matrix-like powers in the real world through training in the virtual one.

Free your mind and save the world!

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PhoenixDfire

Ah, My first MMO. without the Live Events, it could be an absolute grindfest. HOWEVER, the environments were great, the combat (interlock) was fun but it was the Role play Community who really made this game. I think it would have been with us longer if it had made it to the Free to play era.

It funny, I remember SOE saying they cancelled it because there were only 500 people paying for it but most of us who were still playing it had the multi-pass to play SWG and Everquest and we weren’t counted.

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Witches

Daybreak…no.

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Crowe

Exactly. I’d give it a shot if either a reputable dev team was making it or a group of newbies. But not Daybreak.

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Castagere Shaikura

I liked the first movie but I never played the game. I thought with the other movies that they finished up the story. Saw the new trailer and I have no idea why another movie. I’m sure it’s about the money it will make.

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Dug From The Earth

The matrix online wasnt a bad idea
it was just not supported the way it should and could have been.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Matrix and Stargate are 2 of the IPs that are perfect for the ability to have an endless number of vastly differing worlds without “wtf, what about the lore” moments.

A Perfect backdrop for MMOs.

Probably too many different money grubbing “crabs in a bucket” for either of them to ever be a reality though – so we have what we have….a kick in the gnads.

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